Thank goodness bees make honey because we use it in so many ways. One of the most popular ways to use honey is in baking. Homemade cookies are a special treat that just can’t be duplicated by cookies from a bag. Enjoy this easy honey recipe and learn how to make healthy cranberry cookies for your family.
Homemade Cranberry Cookies are Easy to Make
Simple tasty homemade cookies – who doesn’t love them? One of the reasons I love making cookies is that they are hard to mess up. Also, they can be made with so many different ingredients.
You will find recipes that can be baked in bar form or scooped onto the cookie sheet in lumps. That’s my kind of baking!
Chances are you already have the ingredients in your pantry to make some type of cookie recipe. However, you may not have dried cranberries on hand and you will need those for this recipe.
It is hard to make cookies without some butter and calories. I will not try to convince you that this recipe lacks either – because it does not.
However, we are using two superfoods to make our cranberry cookies recipes. Whenever possible, using honey and less regular sugar is a good move. This is especially true in baking.
Honey performs very well in baked goods. It adds a bit of sweetness and helps retain moisture. But let’s be real, honey is sugar – so everything in moderation.
Cranberries: Considered to be a “superfood”, people consume cranberries in many forms. Jellies, sauces and even the juice of the cranberry is enjoyed.
This recipe calls for dried cranberries. They are quite tasty without being too sweet. And, they contain a lot of antioxidants and vitamins – along with some fiber. You can often find them in the salad bar section of the grocery.
Raw Honey: I love using raw honey because it contains all the natural goodness left by the bees. But, pasteurized honey is okay if that is what you have on hand.
You can make this cranberry cookie recipe batter ahead of time and freeze for use later. Fresh cookies will keep well on the kitchen counter for a few days – in an air tight container.
Cooking with Honey Ideas
If you really enjoy baking and also love honey bees, you might consider making this special Honey Bee Cake. It could be used for a special occasion such as a baby shower or bridal party.
Or just make one for yourself – why not? Don’t forget to consider these delicious honey cupcakes too – with or without the topping.
Honey can be used to create special spreads and sauces too. Don’t miss out on this recipe for Honey Apple Butter. You make it in a crockpot. Enjoy it right away or use a water bath canning process for long term storage.
Homemade Honey Teriyaki sauce is a good way to avoid all those extra substances we often find in commercial sauces.
And, if the heat of Summer is giving you the blues, try these frozen Honey Yogurt Berry Pops! A nutritious change from regular ice cream.
As for baking cookies, this simple Cranberry Cookie recipe was made using raw wildflower honey. Try the recipe with different types of honey and to see if you can detect a flavor difference. Or, pair them with a Honey Bee Latte for a special buzz.
Healthy Cranberry Cookies
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- 1 Baking Sheet
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar firmly packed
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. While the oven is heating, use an electric mixer combine the softened butter, brown sugar and honey. Mix until well combined, then add the vanilla and egg. Stir until creamy smooth.
- Sift together the flour and baking soda. Then slowly add the flour mixture to the creamed sugar mix. Continue until well blended.
- Stir in the cranberries and white chocolate chips with a large spoon. When well mixed, drop tablespoon sized mounds of cookie dough on a greased baking sheet. Cookies should be spaced a couple of inches apart-they will spread.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 14-16 minutes, until the edges are brown and the tops are set.
- Remove from oven and leave on baking sheet for a few minutes until they begin to harden. Move cookies to a cooling rack to complete cooling. Store in a sealed container.